The Lean Mindset Workshop - 1 Day
Our economy is facing a jobless recovery and flat wages despite steady productivity gains. The world’s most influential management thinker, Clayton Christensen, blames this steady decline in prosperity on --- the lowly spreadsheet!
The thinking goes like this: Once upon a time, capital was scarce and business schools taught managers to preserve capital by measuring the goodness of an investments based on how fast it returned the capital back to the company. This led to what Christensen calls the Capitalist’s Dilemma: Diligently maximizing return on capital has caused a steady decline in long term prosperity. It takes patient capital to bring about disruptive innovation, and it is disruptive innovation that creates the vast majority of new jobs in the economy.
And how are spreadsheets to blame? Well, spreadsheets have made patient capital difficult to come by because a twenty-something analyst with a spreadsheet can tell a CEO what investments will yield the best return on capital, and hence, the best stock market returns.
Making strategic decisions based on financial metrics might be easy to do and might produce promising short term results. However, it is unlikely to lead to the best long term decisions.
But what’s the alternative? If not financial metrics, then what do we use to make decisions?
Organizations that have a strong track record of following successful strategies that stand the test of time tend to focusing on four non-financial levers:
- Energized Employees
- Delighted Customers
- Making a Difference
- Rapid Flow of Value
This workshop is about how to use these four levers for governance, especially when developing software-intensive products. You will learn:
You will Learn:
- How to use employee engagement information to create an environment that attracts top people and keeps them engaged in helping your organization be successful.
- The best way to measure customer satisfaction.
- How to use impact data to steer just about any development effort.
- What resource efficiency is a bad metric and what to use instead.
- When to stop using metrics and start using data instead.
Learn from the Experts:
Learn first-hand from thought-leaders Mary and Tom Poppendieck how to move to the far side of paradox and a lean mindset. Mary and Tom have pioneered the application of Lean Thinking to software development and documented their principles in books (below).
This two-day workshop is offered either privately or through partners who sponsor a public workshop. For additional information on the Lean Mindset Workshop please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ask the Right Questions
- Results are Not the Point
- Concept to Cash
- An Agile Toolkit
The Lean Mindset:
Ask the Right Questions
What company doesn't want energized workers, delighted customers, genuine efficiency, and breakthrough innovation? The Lean Mindset shows how lean companies really work, and how a lean mindset is the key to creating stunning products and delivering amazing services.
Leading Lean Software Development:
Results are not the Point
Building on their breakthrough bestsellers Lean Software Development: Concept to Cash and Implementing Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit, Mary and Tom Poppendieck's latest book shows software leaders and team members exactly how to drive high-value change throughout a software organization – and make it stick.
Implementing Lean Software Development:
From Concept to Cash
This book draws on the Poppendiecks' unparalleled experience helping development organizations optimize the entire software value stream. You'll discover the right questions to ask, the key issues to focus on, and techniques proven to work. The authors present case studies from leading-edge software organizations, and offer practical exercises for jumpstarting your own Lean initiatives.
Lean Software Development
An Agile Toolkit
Lean Software Development shows software professionals how to achieve breakthrough quality, savings, speed, and business value by adapting the seven "lean" principles that have already revolutionized manufacturing and R&D. Drawing on 25+ years' experience leading enterprise projects, the authors show how to use these principles to create agile processes that work - because they're optimized for your environment.